Batley and Spen: what bitter UK by-election won by sister of murdered MP tells us about the state of British politics

The Batley and Spen by-election was a close contest that went right down to the wire with few commentators risking calling the result before it was announced. At 5:25am it was declared. Kim Leadbeater was the new Labour MP for Batley and Spen, beating her nearest rival, the Conservative candidate Ryan Stephenson, by 323 votes. It was close but a clear victory for Labour.

Assault weapons could become legal throughout the United States when California’s overturned ban is appealed to the Supreme Court

Conservative voters, Second Amendment activists and gun aficionados celebrated the overturn of California’s decades-long assault weapons ban, thanks to a decision by federal Judge Roger Benitez. Now that California Attorney General Rob Bonta filed an appeal, the resulting legal battles may provide even further cause for courtroom warfare – a Supreme Court case.